Donít forget to change your clocks
Spring forward, Fall back for Daylight Saving Time
April 2, 2006
Donít forget to change your clocks to adjust for Daylight Saving Time (DST), which begins Sunday, April 2. Turn your clock forward an hour, making it an hour later than what you are used to for this time.
For most places in the United States, Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 am on the first Sunday in April. Clocks are turned back to standard time at 2 am on the last Sunday of October. Each time zone switches at a different time. DST is not observed in Hawaii, Arizona, Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the Virgin Islands.
The clock time shifting is done to save energy and help reduce the number of accidents. Energy use and demand for electricity is directly connected to when we go to bed and when we get up and start using lights and electrical appliances. The time change has been shown to be of significant benefit in helping reduce traffic accidents by shifting peopleís travel activities to keep them within daylight hours.
Daylight Saving Time to change in 2007
In 2007, the time change dates for Daylight Saving Time will switch to the second Sunday in March and end on the first Sunday of November, adding about a month to DST. This change took place as a result of the Energy Policy Act, signed by President George W. Bush in 2005.
Change the battery in your smoke alarm
DST serves as the date reminder to change the battery in your smoke detectors. While most homes have smoke detectors, many are estimated to have dead or missing batteries. This simple step of replacing the battery may save your home or your life.
For a fascinating history of the story of Daylight Saving Time, from the impact on bar closing times to train time schedules, click on the link below:
The History of Daylight Saving Time from Time.gov.
The World Clock
World Time Zones for DST
Time.gov Time Exhibits